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MAKE COURAGE CONTAGIOUS to get your voice heard

MAKE COURAGE CONTAGIOUS To Get Your Voice Heard When You See A Truth That Others Prefer to Ignore "If you see something, say something." How many thousand times have you seen that sign? Saying something could be material to everyone's life and well-being. Especially when you're a luminary who has science and logic on your side. But it may not make [...]

By |2020-05-27T09:09:57-04:00May 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Lead to keep your team connected – so social distance doesn’t keep you apart

"I don't like cameras." "I don't have high-speed bandwidth." "I'm in the dark because I'm still wearing pyjamas." "I didn't get the log-in." "I have an old laptop (or a new laptop) and haven't activated the camera." "My computer is in a dock." "I'm not good with technology." "I don't like the program my company or its strategic partners use [...]

By |2020-03-15T20:51:28-04:00March 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Why are we so woefully bad at critical thinking – and how Courage can fix it

Why are we so woefully bad at critical thinking? That's the question that was discussed at a Philadelphia Alliance for Capital + Technology (PACT) human capital symposium on the 07th Dec 2019. New research replicated the findings we saw reported by IBM and Deloitte a decade ago - that corporate executives and venture capitalists are fed up with sloppy business [...]

By |2019-12-14T12:36:31-05:00December 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

EnQ: 5 Success Factors that Power UP Entrepreneurial Success

This article was published first by Keiretsu Forum Mid Atlantic/SouthEast as part of their investor education initiative.   Growth entrepreneurs have the Courage to optimize wealth-creation and make a big bold difference. They’ll pivot away from their pet project or artistic interest if an adjacent market looks like a better, faster and less risky way to generate a return for themselves [...]

By |2020-02-01T15:17:08-05:00December 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|

In a bold culture, courageous leaders have a soft spot…

…to take risks for each other - not overpower each other Leaders with a healthy EnQ look past zero-sums disputes over budget allocations, egos, power and hegemony - and get factions to find the optimal win/win/win solutions, not political compromises and the easy but flawed solutions. It may seem strange to include trust, altruism and a “giver” (rather than “taker”) [...]

By |2019-02-17T10:13:00-05:00February 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Free your team from risk-averse traps + cross the bridge to entrepreneurial thinking – with serious fun + Courage.

Risk-averse traps are hard-wired into human nature according to research by Israeli Nobel Prize behavioral economists and North American business psychologists. Most of us prefer to see the world through our own lenses, fulfill our self-interests and ignore diverse colleagues who rub us the wrong way. Most of us seek harmony and approval rather than being the nail who sticks [...]

By |2018-11-19T10:27:35-05:00November 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

What to look for in a coach: 10 keys to a successful courage-building partnership

It's time to look for a coach when success is more elusive than you hoped, when stress and frustration are sapping your energy and making you more prickly than you know you should be, or when the supporters you need to mobilize are getting stuck in risk-averse traps and aren't stepping up with the urgency, initiative and inventive thinking you [...]

By |2018-09-11T15:14:36-04:00September 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

How do you PowerUP inventive teamwork for serious profit? Make it FUN!

In teams with initiative, creativity, and inventive thinking, things look a little chaotic. And a bit heated, as key issues get wrestled down and people challenge each other's best thinking. Sharp direct questions jab - as teammates with diverse perspectives offer their best critical thinking to sharpen up team decisions and critique actions while there's still room to pivot. The [...]

By |2018-07-02T09:27:04-04:00July 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

McDonald’s workers need Courage to cope with Complexity + Volatility. Unintended consequence of Innovation Leadership

The Financial Times reports that workers are resigning from McDonald's - because new menus, new choices and frequent changes require too much thinking and learning, and creates too much stress for employees. In the "good old days," menu choices were limited. Buttons told McDonald's workers exactly what to do. It was the ultimate non-VUCA work environment, tailored for entry workers [...]

By |2018-04-01T09:42:37-04:00April 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

How smart money will test your courage – and help you retain your edge

Too bad for gravid.ca - whose troubles were featured in the Financial Post. Even with a hot product and an huge unmet market need, they’re not a great investment. By the time they get their supply chain problems sorted out, competitors will meet the need they’ve discovered and will cash in on all they’ve done to educate customers. They'll lose their [...]

By |2017-12-23T22:02:12-05:00December 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|
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